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I laud Caroline for keeping the conversation going on this issue. Food is one of the primary killers and healers in this era and we need understanding, to move forward safely.
A major concern with GMO is long term safety and association with chronic disease, which has not been resolved. However to first clarify an opinion from the article, is that the most abundant GM crop Bt Corn, does indeed produce a pesticide called Cry1AB toxin, which is expressed by a bacterial gene (Bacillus thuringiensis) that was added to the Bt Corn genome, and is found in human plasma from exposure to GM foods.
The long term safety of this toxin is not understood, a 2012 study on human cells concluded " In these results, we argue that modified Bt toxins are not inert on nontarget human cells, and that they can present combined side-effects with other residues of pesticides specific to GM plants"

Finally the most compelling and plausible threat from GM is the potential that the modified genes are taken up by intestinal bacteria, and then expressed continuously in our guts! Do we all need to be round-up ready? Or full of Cry1Ab? And will Monsanto claim we all have their IP in our feces, and pay royalties? (feces are 30% by weight, bacteria)
These are real risks and need to be addressed!

Posted by Marco Aurilio
04 February 2013 | 20h47

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